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Fast f/1.8 medium-telephoto prime lens with manual aperture control.

This compact, affordable 85mm prime lens is an excellent choice for portrait photography and HD video recording. Its fast f/1.8 maximum aperture with manual control offers outstanding low-light performance, natural background blur and smooth aperture adjustments during Live View shooting. NIKKOR quality optics and design deliver stunning results every time.
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Truly stunning portraits

The medium-telephoto advantage

A medium-telephoto 85mm angle of view is a favorite among serious portrait photoraphers. The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D delivers that dramatic perspective in a compact, fast f/1.8 prime lens. It’s an excellent choice for indoor and outdoor portraits, indoor sports, stage productions and all-around HD video recording.

Oustanding in any light

f/1.8 maximum aperture with manual control

The AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D’s wide maximum aperture brings new opportunities for shooting in low light and creating beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds. Manual aperture control means you can make smooth depth-of-field adjustments while shooting in Live View mode, a major advantage when you’re creating HD videos.
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Rear Focusing System
A system in which only the rear lens group moves during focusing, thus eliminating changes in the physical length of the lens during focusing and enabling faster focusing. Such lenses are designated with RF on the lens barrel.
Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
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Can not beat it for the price I have worked for a photo studio and went to school for photography, and i have used almost every type of nikon lens out there. This lens is great, not as sharp as the f/1.4 but still very sharp. I think as a photographer you might see a difference in the two lens but clients wont. I shot all my engagement sessions and graduate portfolio work with this lens and it was amazing. Great separation from the background, strong focus, and it weighs just enough to even out the camera body. I give it a 9/10, only because the f/1.4 is still a stronger lens August 2, 2010
A great value. I bought this lens to use both for film and digital use. It is a compact, fast, sharp short telephone and it is inexpensive - quite the bargain. The build quality is good, like any of the consumer AF-D lenses, but still uses a plastic outer shell and aperture ring. The filter ring is metal. It is not bad, but not as nice in the hand as the old manual focus AI/AI-S lenses. Unfortunately this lens did not work very well with my film body (a FM body from the 70s which has an undiagnosed issue--it's nothing to do with the lens), so I only use it on DX digital. It's more than just a short telephoto on that format, basically equivalent to a 135mm lens. It does not autofocus on my D40, so I only use it as a manual focus lens. The focus ring feels and sounds a little odd in use as it spins the screwdriver-like coupling other bodies have. It is fairly hard to manually focus at larger apertures, since the depth of field is very thin and DSLR finders are optimized for slower lenses. I have trouble getting optimal focus unless I stop down to around f/4, but by shooting several shots and checking the images fully zoomed in on your LCD you can get around this. It should be fantastic for portraits if you nail the focus. The short focus distance is a little under 3 feet / 0.85 meters. For most people I am guessing this is plenty close, but I love getting close to my subjects and this limits me sometimes. If you are like me, a macro lens might be a better investment. Hopefully Nikon will update this lens to AF-S. With the high ISO performance of digital slower zooms seem to be more common, but they don't match the performance or ability to limit depth of field of these fast primes. July 31, 2010
Single use lens Great lens for portrats . Nothing too close. Great for what it does but not flexible. July 31, 2010
Great value Used on a D90, this lens is capable of professional results at one third the price of the 85mm f1.4. Sharp focus with pleasant bokeh, a good portrait lens. July 30, 2010
Superlative! I do candids. Excellant lens for portraits and candids. I recommend it to any enthusiastic photographer. July 30, 2010
Great for clear subjects A great low light lens for starters wanting sharp subjects with blurs in background. July 30, 2010
Waiting for 85mm 1.4N I've shot a ton of jobs with this lens. The lack of coating can be difficult sometimes and diffraction is bad at f1.8, but until the new 85 f1.4 arrives, I'm chillin with this lens. July 30, 2010
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Is the AF nikkor 85mm f1.8D compatible with the nikon D90? I having trouble with AF.

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Hi, If you photograph people try to point focus to his/her eye.
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The D90 might not have an internal focusing motor, which is required for the AF to work on this lens. I have a D5000, for example, and need to focus manually.
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Yes it is, make sure all the contacts between camera and lens are clean
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AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D

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My AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8 d lense appears not auto focus on my D40 camera. Should it? if so, how do make the auto focus?
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no, it shouldn't. only af-s (or internal motor drive) lenses can autofocus on a d40, d60, d3000, d3100, d5000 and d5100 bodies as they lack the screw drive built into the body.
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The D40 does not have a screw drive that I am aware of, so this lens will not auto focus.
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Is the D5000 compatible with the AF NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8D lens?

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Will the AF work with the D3100? Or will I have to MF?
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Yes it is compatible, however you will have to manual focus it.
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does it work with the D3100?

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This lens will indeed work with a D3100. However, it will not autofocus on a D3100 because neither the camera nor the lens have an internal autofocus motor.
Jun 20, 2011 by
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Yes but you will have to focus manually, it does not have a built in lens motor
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5T Close Up Lens & 85mm f1.8D

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Does the 85mm f1.8D work with the 5T Close Up Lens? Is there any focus distance and magnification information available?
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Lens to Subject Distance is 775-461mm. Reproduction Ratio is 1:7.8-1:4.3 and Subject field size is 188 x 282 - 104 x 156 in millimeter.
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Yes, 5T & 6T can use with AF 85 f/1.8D.
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Is the AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D compatible with the D3000? and f you have to MF?

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It's will not Auto Focus with D3000.
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Yes it will fit nd yes you have to manual focus.
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accept for the default setting which is 16. thats not good?
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I put the F stop on 16, locked it and I am only able to control the shutter speed. Not the aperture. Can someone please advise.

Thanks
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This lens is fully compatible with the D7000. Set the aperture on the lens to f/16 and lock it there using the switch located just to the right of 1.8. Now the lens will function in all exposure modes with the aperture being set electronically using the rotating wheel.
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Nikkor 85mm 1.8D and Nikon Df compatibility in Aperture mode

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Hi,

I have bought a Nikkor 85mm 1.8D for my Nikon Df.
But it only works with the aperture set to f16.
If I set it to f.8 or more, I get FEE error, whatever the mode (A, M, P) and cannot take any photo.

I thought the Df would accept ANY lens.
Am I missing something or is the lens/camera faulty.

Thanks for your answer.

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jm
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Aperture must be set and locked a F/16, aperture is then controlled by the camera not the lens.
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Please read pages 267-268 of the user manual.
It can be downloaded here:
http://download3.nikonimglib.com/archive1/Fmy0O00idFXn00BhAlP77grqqn65/Df_(En)01.pdf
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Is it compatible with D5200?

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Hi, I would like to buy this Lens and use it with D5200 Camera. is it compatible? can i use auto focus mode while taking pictures or i have to manually adjust the focus ring. plz suggest.
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Will not auto focus, as neither the lens or the camera have built in focus motors. You need the AF-S version the -S means the lens has a built in focus motor.
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It will fit no problem but will be manual focus only.
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Is this lens made in Thailand or in Japan?

Jul 18, 2011 by
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I went to 2 different stores and one sells Nikkor 85mm 1.8 D made in Thailand and one Nikkor 85mm 1.8 D made in Japan.

The ones sold in the US is only made in Japan or it is also made in Thailand.
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They are made in thailand. But if you check out ACE PHOTO IN VIRGINA, THEY HAVE ONE LEFT THAT IS MADE IN JAPAN.
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Nikon operates factories all across the globe and each operate to the same high standard. While individual cameras are marked with their country of manufacture we can't make a blanket statement about which camera is produced where.
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